Good Friday – the Crucifixion, Death and Burial of Jesus

The Crucifixion of Jesus

Luke 23: 32-43 New International Version

Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.  When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left.  Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”

The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”

 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the Jews.

 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?  We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

The Death of Jesus

Luke 23: 44-49 New International Version

 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon,  for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”  When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away. But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

The Burial of Jesus

Luke 23: 50-56 New International Version

Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man,  who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God.  Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body.  Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid.  It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it.  Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.

Lord Jesus,

You came to earth in a fully human body. You bore the indignity of being mocked by, not only soldiers, but by your own people too. You endured the agony of being whipped and nailed to a cross for many hours. May we always meditate on the extent of your sufferings which you underwent for our sakes.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

3 thoughts on “Good Friday – the Crucifixion, Death and Burial of Jesus

  1. Thanks for the reminder of the great love Jesus gave to all of us. Oh what love the Father has given us, that we should be called the children of the most high God. As children, then each are members of His family. Indeed, may we all be sorrowful over our sins which nailed Him there. May we never take lightly the willing sacrifice He gave. May our very lives reflect His image more and more every day that he blesses us with. May you continue to write such fabulous posts that draw us nearer to Him. Thank you Lesley. ♡ air hugs ♡

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    1. Thank you so much, Donna. Your words are truly encouraging! 😀
      💞 air hugs winging their way across the ocean 💞


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